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Bodega Nanni – 22/12/2011

Torrontes 2010
Clean rich fruity nose, nice texture of fruit, very bright and tropical.

Rosato 2011
Fruity dark berries and cream, richer and warmer style, quite textural but out of balance.

Tannat 2009
Smoky cooked fruit, oaky dominance and hidden fruit, broad and heavy yet soft, achieves balance somehow, big and bold.

Torrontes Tardio 2010
Floral citrus aromas, good freshness, very spicy, not heavy or cloying.

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Bodegas Etchart – 22/12/2011

Privado Torrontes 2011
Nice floral fresh gewurztraminer style apricot blossom and pear notes. Great acidity and freshness on palate, a bit of texture, really approachable and clean.

Reserve Torrontes 2011
Tighter more delicate nose, hints of parmesan, texture and volume, richer and more vibrant, great length, balance and warmth.

Gran Linaje Torrontes 2010
More delicate honeyed nose, very full volume richness, rosemary, ebbs and flows on the palate, fuller texture.

Reserve Malbec 2010
Dense and full juicy dark fruit, very fruit-sweet and soft vanilla tannins. Plump and approachable.

Arnaldo B 2008
Good structure and weight, balance of fruit and savoury sweetness. Sweet and sour pork ribs, elegance and complexity, still reasonably simple.

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Bodega Colome – 21/12/2011

2010 Malbec San Osidro – 1700 m
Different to Mendoza, less plum and more berry fruits, more intense and less floral. Soft yet concentrated, cured meat and cheese texture, great acid fruit balance.

2020 Malbec Colome – 2300 m
Darker more grapey and pruney, richer darker texture, softer yet fuller, acids more integrated, somehow more vibrant.

2010 El Arenal Malbec – 2600 m
Even darker in colour, dustier earthier dark fruits, very elegant subtle nose. Not as intense on the palate, much more complex and generally better than Mendoza.

2010 Syrah Colome – 2200 m
Nice dark fruit but some interesting shell-fish aromas. Different kind of freshness and balance, very different kind of syrah.

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Come on down to torrontes town (Salta, Argentina – Day Two)

Funny how hindsight is always 20/20, but Salta was a very expensive detour to make. Firstly the rental car here was the most expensive I’ve experienced at $100+ per day, plus a navigator. Then you factor in the three hours each way from Salta, and the three hours each way to Colome, and that adds up to a fair amount of fuel for two days. Then on the way back from Colome on the previous day I had a blow-out without realising on the gravel highway, and subsequently damaged the wheel, which cost me $220 damages. When you add on accommodation and food, I ended up spending about $500 for two days, well over the $100 per day budget I have set myself. Was it worth the effort and expense? We shall see…

Very old vines on a very hot day

Very old vines on a very hot day

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Did someone say isolated? (Salta, Argentina – Day One)

I tossed around a couple of ideas for the name of this entry; Cafayate to Colome Rally; On top of the world, looking down on creation; Extreme altitude; High society; There and back again. Really any of them could apply to the adventures of the day. After arriving quite late into Cafayate the previous night and getting a good night sleep, I was keen to get to Colome on time. Little did I know that getting to the Colome winery is possibly one of the most laborious and treacherous I have ever experienced. Now in my days as a wine professional I’ve driven on unsealed roads to get to wineries plenty of time. Mostly they are the driveway or a side road off the highway, but nothing like this. The National Route 40 for a good 75km from Cafayate to Molinos and beyond is like outback Australia, also because of the scenery. This is not the kind of setting you expect to find a winery, let alone vineyards. Significantly drier and warmer during the day than Mendoza, the altitude of the Salta region alone makes this a cooler climate, as the daylight hours are shorter and the nights are colder.

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